November 8, 2007

Record Review: Spank Rock and Benny Blanco

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In a time rampant with controversy over the racial and sexual implications of hip-hop lyrics, Spank Rock and Benny Blanco only know how to compensate with an album chock full o’ asses, bitches and “Pu$$y.” Spank Rock and Blanco decided to put aside a Nintendo beat scheme as they took on the personas of Bangers and Cash, exploring deeper bass loops, sizzurp distortions and floating synths. Crisp and bombastic production enhances the tongue and cheek lyrics, which bring out the ironic and disconcertingly accurate portrayal of pseudo-chauvinism. But don’t count out the ladies in this exploration of dirty, nasty, sexy, demeaning things –– Amana Blank spits Philly girl truth on “Loose,” a track about a girl running the game: “I fuck to bust nuts/ fuck a man’s respect.” And then there’s Santogold, a Brooklyn-born “underground fly girl,” who details the best way to “fuck her right” on “B-O-O-T-A-Y.” Embrace the ridiculousness, shake that ass, and let me see what ya’ got.